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The Premiere Ocean Renewables Event - EnergyOcean 2008

The subject matter of the two conferences, renewable ocean energy and subsea survey, inspection and mapping are very different, but very synergistic. The subsea survey industry supports the offshore oil and gas market, but will soon provide similar services to the ocean renewables market as well.
by Staff Writers
Stuart FL (SPX) May 14, 2008
The 5th annual EnergyOcean conference is now established as the world's leading event on renewable and sustainable energy from the oceans. The event is supported by leading U.S. ocean energy organizations including the Ocean Energy Council (OEC).

Technologists, financiers and policy makers from around the world will gather during EnergyOcean 2008 to share and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the ocean renewables market. The technical program will feature 3 days of technology, environmental and policy-related presentations, plus results from several pilot projects.

The conference will begin with a U.S. focus session followed by two days of international presentations on offshore wind, wave, tidal, current and OTEC, plus this year's Ocean Energy Pioneer Awards.

Opening Addresses
This year's keynote addresses will be given to all delegates on the first day of the event.

The first Keynote speech will be given by Mr. Randall B. Luthi, Director of the Minerals Management Service (MMS), U.S. Department of the Interior.

Since oil and gas moved offshore some 25 years ago, the MMS has had the responsibility of regulating domestic energy production on the 1.76 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The MMS has been given this authority for ocean energy projects as well.

The second Keynote will be given by Mr. Jerry Patterson, Commissioner, Texas General Land Office. The Republic of Texas Congress established the General Land Office in 1836. The General Land Office was originally responsible for managing the public domain by collecting and keeping records, providing maps and surveys and issuing land titles.

Since then the GLO's duties have evolved, but its core mission is still the management of state lands and mineral-right properties totaling 20.3 million acres. Included in that portfolio are the beaches, bays, estuaries and other "submerged" lands out to 10.3 miles in the Gulf of Mexico.

Conference Format
After the opening address the delegations will break into technical sessions for the next two and a half days and focus on the technological advances, and proposed solutions to their industry's immediate needs.

EnergyOcean 2008 will be co-located with Subsea Survey 2008
The subject matter of the two conferences, renewable ocean energy and subsea survey, inspection and mapping are very different, but very synergistic. The subsea survey industry supports the offshore oil and gas market, but will soon provide similar services to the ocean renewables market as well.

Although each conference will hold independent technical programs, they will share the same exhibit hall, thus both markets will be able to meet and talk with product and service providers as well as government agencies about solutions for implementing their technologies offshore. By registering for a SuperPass, delegates will be able to attend technical presentations given at either conference.

The two delegations will also share social events, including the golf tournament, luncheons, evening events and exhibitor's reception. During the Wednesday night reception at the convention center, buses will transport delegates who wish to visit the Offshore Energy Center's Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum located Harborside near the historic Strand district.

Offshore platforms are being proposed as hosts for ocean energy devices, making the Ocean Star a fitting place to meet and discuss the future of alternative energy. The museum features three floors of models and interactive displays illustrating the story of offshore oil and gas.

Scale models of production platforms, real drilling hardware and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), along with videos and exhibits, explain how work is performed offshore.

Subsea Survey 2008 - A Specialized Event Focused on Offshore Exploration and Development
Subsea Survey provides a valuable opportunity to hear invited speakers provide insight into projects or applications related to performing survey work for the offshore oil and gas industry, including field development and fiber optic networks and seismic monitoring systems.

Of special interest this year is the use of UUVs to perform survey and inspection work for oil and gas companies. These include AUVs, ROVs, TOVs, and internal and external pipeline inspection systems.

Also, hear about survey projects relating to; ultra-deepwater, environmental, geotechnical, seismic, emergency response, shallow water, platform inspection, platform decommissioning, downhole, site, and route surveys and presentations on; new state-of-the-art products, technologies and services that provide enhanced solutions for the offshore oil and gas industry's subsea data collection, management and processing.

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